Why HELLO Lovelies!! Sorry I have been MIA, I took some time away from the computer as I was busy with work plus Keely and I had a pretty nasty cold all week long…BOO!! Did you all have a good weekend? In the Chi, we had a VERY busy end of the week and weekend but it all involved some marvelousness


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Finding Mommy’s old American Girl doll and still being a favorite toy!!

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Cuddling with my girl watching Monsters Inc. We love that movie!!

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Working my first Expo for Pet Supply and putting this outfit on Instagram #OOTD

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Sunday Funday at the Beach.

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 I am planning a girl’s weekend to Nashville later this Summer and starting to really like Country…who am I?!?!

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Two great quotes from the weekend!!

Thanks again to Katie @ Healthy Diva Life for providing us with this marvelous link-up. Make sure to check out more MIMM on her blog. Have a great day! XOXO

40 Questions…OH MY!!

40 Questions…OH MY!!

Happy Tuesday!! Today, I am doing the 40 questions that Jess @ Jessie Loves 2 Run had on her blog last week. I think it’s a great way to get to know each and I am looking forward to having you all get to know me a little bit more. Enjoy!!

1.Were you named after anyone? I am actually named after the nurse my Mom had in the hospital while she was having me. They were sold on Colleen & Lisa but when nurse Karen walked in and helped my Mom the name was decided, Karen Marie.

2. When was the last time you cried? Last week at the wake & funeral for my friend’s Dad.

3. Do you like your handwriting? No, I wish it was a little better than it is…LOL

4. What is your favourite lunch meat? Turkey or Egg Salad

5. Do you have kids? Miss Keely, she’s a sassy little 2 year old and so, so fun!! She’s my little bestie!!


6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Of course! I like to think of myself as a pretty awesome, down to earth, good listener, fun, sincere & trust worthy person. Wow! I sure hope im not sounding full of myself right now?

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? I think I can be pretty sarcastic as times not make sure I don’t offend people.

8. Do you still have your tonsils? Nope! I got them removed when I was four years old.

9. Would you bungee jump? I think I would but who knows if I’d actually do it once I stepped on the ledge.  

10 What is your favourite cereal? Archer Farms Granola

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Hardly ever. I’ll sometimes untie my sneakers, but not on an every day basis. Too much work.

12. Do you think you are strong? Physically, kinda and mental, yes!

13. What is your favorite ice cream? Froyo, baby!! Any flavor, all flavors

14. What is the first thing you notice about other people? Eyes and Smile

15. Red or pink? A little bit of both

16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Trusting way too easily and giving too much when I don’t receive the same treatment back from people.

17. Any tattoos? Stars on my foot. Colors are the birthstones of my Grandma, my Mom and Keely. Three lucky stars!

18. Do you love sports? Yes, baseball and hockey are my favorites

19. What color shoes are you wearing? Not currently wearing shoes at the moment

20. What was the last thing you ate? Protein Bar (pre-workout snack)

21. What are you listening to right now? Keely running back and forth

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Light blue…calming!!

23. Favorite smells? Baby fresh!! Or of something good cooking in the oven.

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Just hung up with my Mom about 15 minutes ago

25. Mountain hideaway or beach house? Beach house, PLEASE!! Nothing I love more than water and sand

26. Sport to watch? Baseball

27. Hair color? Medium Brown

28. Eye colors? Blue

29. Do you wear contacts? No, and I can’t even imagine if I’d have too. I highly doubt I’d have enough patience to sit here & put them in/take them out every day. Seems like way too much work & quite an annoyance. Maybe I’m wrong?

30. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings but I do love scary movies!!

31. Last movie you watched? Monsters University…Keely is obsessed with Monsters, Inc & University but who could blame her…LOL

32. What color shirt are you wearing? Gray and White Striped, surprise, surprise!

33. Summer or winter? UMM, SUMMER!! This has been the LONGEST winter EVER and I can’t wait till the Summer

34. Hugs or kisses? As much as I love kisses, I gotta say, I’m a hugger. There is something about a hug that just makes my day, especially from my little girl.

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35. Computer or television? Really, I’d like to do away with both but need the computer for work…:)

36. What book are you reading right now? Divergent and it’s amazing so far!

37. What’s on your mouse pad? Pictures of Keely

38. What color is your house? Our complex is brick with sliver and white

39. What color is your car? Silver

40. What’s one motto you live by? None. I just believe in living and embracing each day to the fullest. What’s the point of letting something or someone ruin your day. Sure we all have those upset, angry & sad moments, but doesn’t laughing & smiling cure all? Besides, life is way to short ❤ (I needed to keep this from Jessie as it’s just amazing!! You rock, girl!!)


Your turn: pick two questions to answer!!



Happy Monday! I am linking up today to Katie @ Healthy Diva Eats for another addition of MIMM! I am keeping this short and sweet as we’ve got a super busy week ahead of us.

Marvelous is…

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Quick trip to the zoo before a busy weekend…Lincoln Park Zoo will be the GO-TO this Summer that’s for sure!!

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#OOTD on Sunday

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A little beach walking never hurt anyone!! Another GO-TO for the Summer!

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Awesome quote for a Monday!! Cheers!! XOXO

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, PEEPS!! Is everyone ready for the weekend? It’s been a very busy week for me so I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend. Today, we are planning a trip to Lincoln Park Zoo and CANNOT WAIT!! I am linking up today to Heather @ Housewife Glamour with some Friday favorites

Your turn: Do you have anything fun going on this weekend?

Friday Favorites Button Housewife Glamour

*Yesterday the weather is pretty good for it being the first day of Spring. Yes, it was snowing in the morning but the sun came out and was in the 40’s. One can’t complain about that plus today it’s suppose to be in the 60s…OH MY!! With warmer weather today, I am looking forward to Spring and wearing a lot of outfits like this…perfect for a mom on the go!!

pretty spring or summer outfit

* What starts in two weeks…BASEBALL! Let’s go WHITE SOX!!

Chicago White Sox

* Spring Beer…YES, PLEASE!!

Really good spring beer. Too bad it's out so early and will be off the shelves by Spring. Get it now if you want it.

* Awesome Quotes…I am enjoying life!!

Life is too short...



WHAT DAY IS IT?!?! Before I begin my  WIAW post, please say an extra prayer today for my friend’s family who lost their Dad on Sunday. The wake and funeral are today and tomorrow and I’m going with my parents. Their Dad was a great man and will be truly missed but heaven has gained an angel. Now, onto the eats from Tuesday…

Peas and Crayons

Breakfast – Photo Recycle – Oatmeal in a Jar and Coffee & grapefruit (is it just me or is grapefruit right now SUPER tasty?) – unpictured

Lunch – Smoothie & Snack Plate


Afternoon Snack – Nut Thins with Honey Goat Cheese plus a KindBar Granola Bar ( Shared with the Munchkin)


Dinner – Pulled Pork with Sweet Potato Fries & Broccoli


Dessert – Peppermint Tea (unpictured)

Quote of the Day


To Clean or Not To Clean…

To Clean or Not To Clean…

Do you ever feel like no matter how clean your house is, it’s just not clean enough? When we lived in our old house, I cleaned once a week…I know that’s crazy but it worked for me. Now, I like to do a little each day as I feel if I wait till the end of the week (when I use to do it) it’s just a whole day of cleaning which is really never ever fun. Because I also work at home and use naptimes for work, I usually ask Keely if she can help me with cleaning or it’s doing the evening hours when the Dad is home and I don’t feel bad about it. To figure out a cleaning schedule that worked for me, I reached out to Pinterest, of course!!

Quick, easy keeping on schedule, Cleaning schedule. This looks better and more comprehensive than the first one I posted.

The only thing different with my schedule is that I do Laundry on Sundays as it’s something I’ve always done and will continue it.

Your turn: what’s your cleaning schedule like at your house?

Quote of the Day

I get more cleaning done in the ten minutes before someone comes over than I do in a week.  Xtreme Services Cleaning & Restoration in Shelby Township, MI can help you with all of your household and commercial needs!  Give us a call at (586) 477-9496 to schedule an appointment or visit our website www.xtreme-servicesinc.com for more information!




Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all you!! Will you be partaking in any green beer this evening?!?! Today, I am linking up with Katie @ Healthy Diva Eats with some MIMM. Enjoy!!

Marvelous is…


St. Patrick’s Day Weekend FUN!!


Walks by Lake Michigan with Miss Keely & The Hanker


Keely’s future bedroom. We will be moving her into her “big girl” bedroom in the summer and this is how it will look…adorbs!!

Quote of the Day

Today I will live in the moment, unless it's unpleasant, in which case, I will eat a cookie